The contraceptive implant is a small flexible plastic rod that’s placed under the skin in your upper arm by a doctor or nurse.

It releases the hormone progestogen into your bloodstream to prevent pregnancy and lasts for up to 3 years.

  • The implant is more than 99% effective.
  • It can be useful for women who can’t use contraception that contains oestrogen.
  • The implant can be taken out if you have side effects.
  • You can have it removed at any time, and your natural fertility will return very quickly.
  • Some medicines can make the implant less effective.
  • It doesn’t protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), so you need to use condoms as well.

Where Can I Get the Implant?

Visit a family planning clinic or GP practice where there is a trained doctor or nurse who can insert the implant.  The implant is available on a medical card.